Plough­ing com­pe­ti­tion heats up on the fields of Heathrow

The an­nual plough­ing match took place on Septem­ber 28, 1937

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Mort Smith mort.smith@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

OUR new fea­ture show­ing his­toric photographs of the area, taken from the huge col­lec­tion of pic­tures in the Trin­ity Mir­ror group ar­chive in Wat­ford, is prov­ing popular with a lot of read­ers.

Sev­eral have com­mented how much they are en­joy­ing see­ing images of parts of Hilling­don as they looked in the early years of the last cen­tury.

We will con­tinue to bring you pho­tos from the ar­chive – a new gallery of images will ap­pear on the web­site each week – go to www.getwest­lon­don. co.uk/all-about/nostal­gia.

But as a re­sult of us start­ing the se­ries, lo­cal his­to­rian Philip Sher­wood, from West Dray­ton, was moved to send us this pic­ture of a plough­ing match tak­ing place at Heathrow shortly be­fore the out­break of the Sec­ond World War.

Philip writes: “You may like to add the at­tached photo to your col­lec­tion.

“It shows the an­nual plough­ing match or­gan­ised by the Mid­dle­sex Agri­cul­tural and Grower’s As­so­ci­a­tion held at Heathrow on Septem­ber 28, 1937.

“It was the 99th such com­pe­ti­tion and the last to be held. The 100th match, sched­uled for 1938, was post­poned be­cause of a pro­longed drought, and the out­break of war a year later meant that it had to be post­poned again. The con­struc­tion of the air­port meant that th­ese matches were never re­sumed.

“The plough teams in this photo are work­ing in the area now oc­cu­pied by the north­ern run­way and the houses in the back­ground, on the Bath Road, are still there.”

Thanks a lot for this Philip – and for your kind com­ments.

Have you got old pic­tures of the area you would like to share? Email high res­o­lu­tion jpeg copies to mort.smith@ trin­i­tymir­ror.co.uk. It was the 99th such com­pe­ti­tion and the last to be held. The 100th was post­poned due to a pro­longed drought”

Con­trib­uted

n PLOUGH­ING THROUGH: This photo, taken in 1937, shows the an­nual plough­ing match un­der way on what is now the north­ern run­way at Heathrow Air­port

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